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Feels like forever since my last post… and it probably is! I have just been busy with other things. I don’t have the luxury of time to stay long in the computer, besides like other sites (facebook, twitter, blogger, etc) wordpress is also blocked here; it made me lazier to blog. Another reason is, since my angel started walking I need to always keep an eye on her.

One week before Christmas we moved to another apartment, it’s much nicer but more expensive that our previous place, it’s near my husband’s work though. It’s a walking distance to my husband’s work and to the house church where he’s attending.

Christmas was just an ordinary day, we didn’t celebrate the way we celebrated it in my country, we went to church that’s all that we did, and so with New Year.

Chinese New Year, we were in the Philippines, we stayed there for 11 days. We spent most of our time in my family in the province; we just stayed in Manila for few days to see my nephew and brother-in-law and to settle some important things. We really didn’t have time to meet our friends, except for some. It was a brief encounter, we really didn’t have enough time to talk.

Our province is very remote; from Manila we traveled 45 minutes by plane to another city。

and from that city we travelled 20 minutes again by plane to my place, unfortunately when we arrived in that city, there were no flights anymore so we need to stay there overnight.

That’s the airplane we rode going to my hometown, it is a 5-seater plane.

Ready to board.

It was my husband’s first time to visit the place. He likes the place so much, he likes the simple life. It’s a small coastal town. Life is so simple.  Electricity runs from  5PM to 9PM, no cars just few tricycles, no pollution. I guess that’s the reason why my husband wants to settle there. It would be a stress free life, a laid-back life an organic life.

We rode a small boat from the town proper to my mother’s place.

She’s enjoying the ride.

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My Parents’ place. She has a sari-sari store, sari-sari means “variety, a convenience store only found in my country.

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She sells rice, gasoline, sugar, etc, etc.

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Some of my cousins

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During our stay there, the weather wasn’t so good, it didn’t stop raining. When it’s raining it would be hard for the plane to fly, so we’ve been praying non-stop also. He is an answering God, when it’s time for us to go back to Manila, the rain stopped and we’re able to fly back.

Our trip was great but traveling back to Manila was a disaster. We didn’t book our ticket from another city to Manila because we didn’t know what date we could return, the weather in my hometown is unpredictable, we tried to buy an airplane ticket when we arrived in that city but it was absolutely high. My husband was upset, he didn’t want to travel by bus, imagine traveling 14 hours by bus and we had a one year old baby. We didn’t have choice anyway. It was really hard. Nevertheless we were so thankful that we’re able to visit my hometown it was God’s miracle indeed. Travelling during that time of the year was really hard because it was rainy season.

That’s our airport in my hometown.

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That’s the airplane we rode from my hometown to another city, it’s much bigger huh, and from that city we took a bus and traveled for 14 hours going to Manila.

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We were thankful during our stay, food was abundant, my husband was able to eat sea foods, unfortunately I couldn’t eat much sea foods because I am pregnant.

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Back in Manila, my brother-in-law treated us in a restaurant; at the same time we celebrated my daughter’s 1st birthday.
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She loves her cake:)

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Then Sings My Soul Saturday-I Will Sing

This song tells what’s in my heart right now, may you continue to uphold my family in your prayers, if you wanna know what happened, i wrote something on my Thankful Thursday entry, until now I have no news about my mother and step father.

© The Emissary’s Feet

Thankful Thursday


I wrote this on my journal few weeks ago

Right now the Lord has quieted my soul, staying at home, made me closer to him, it seems like I’m so far from the cares of the world. I’m satisfied with how God meets our needs. We may not have everything we want but we never lack anything. I guess this is what we call abundant life, being satisfied with the life that God’s giving us because he never ceases to meet our needs and even sometimes our wants.  Every day He’s teaching us to know what are our needs and wants, this makes us really not to worry about what we eat, drink and wear. He teaches us to live one day at a time. He is indeed good and couldn’t thank Him enough. I guess this is what I’ve been wanting to experience, “Your “being real in my life. It’s no longer because, I heard others saying about Your faithfulness but because I myself experience it.

Few days after that, my sister informed me that my hometown was badly hit by the typhoon, it was one of the coastal towns which got the brunt and fury of the super typhoon Megi, houses of my family and relatives were collapsed and roofs were blown by the strong wind, properties and crops were damaged. I thank the Lord for protecting their lives. My town is still isolated up to this time, with no electricity and communication lines. I couldn’t reach my mother until now.

I thank the Lord for the peace I have right now. I did cry the first time I learned about it.  I prayed hard for my country and my family before the typhoon made its landfall in my province, though God didn’t answer my prayer the way I wanted to, I believe He has a purpose for everything.

Though the fig tree should not blossom And there be no fruit on the vines, Though the yield of the olive should fail And the fields produce no food, Though the flock should be cut off from the fold And there be no cattle in the stalls, Yet I will exult in the LORD, I will rejoice in the God of my salvation. The Lord GOD is my strength, And He has made my feet like hinds’ feet, And makes me walk on my high places. Habakkuk 3:17-19

Oh another thing, our host for this month  suggested that we  share 10 things you may not know about me, so here we go

1.) I don’t like any kind of pet( dogs, cat, etc) but i love animals.

2.) I am an introvert, I guess people who knew me don’t believe it, but I am.

3.) I had a car accident 8 years ago that almost killed me and my sister.

4.) Don’t give me flowers  on my birthday or on our anniversary because i couldn’t appreciate it, give me something that i can eat or use, but I love flowers. I guess I’m just practical.

5.) I love reading, books, and notebooks where i can use for  journaling.

6.) I love collecting pens.

7.) I love to stay in the bathroom, it’s the quietest place in the house.

8.)I hate roller coaster or any rides that makes me dizzy

9.)I am afraid of heights but I love climbing mountain.

10.) I love winter.

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© The Emissary’s Feet

My Trip to Agusan Manobo Tribe

My first mission exposure trip was truly a learning experience for me. God taught and made me realized so many things.We stayed in Rosario Agusan Del Sur from Feb. 18 to 19 where we have our workshop on Exploring Culture. I give Glory to God for giving us a host who served us selflessly, headed by Ptr. Dondon from Foursquare Gospel Church.

 

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We traveled from Butuan City to Rosario, Agusan Del Sur for almost 4 hours, we arrived at Four Square Gospel Church at lunch. Everyone was hungry. Thank God for the food that was served to us. One of which was the snake with black beans “sarap.” It was an initiation for all of us. I wasn’t sure if all of us tasted it but I was really disappointed for not eating because it was my fasting schedule that day.

The following day, we started our workshop on Exploring Culture headed by Ma’am Lilet and Ma’am Ghie from TMFI

Our goal for the workshop was to enhance our learning and experience on culture and contextualization prior to our local exposure trip to Manobo Tribal Group. Pastors from Four Square Gospel Church also joined us.

The workshop opened my eyes especially with my being ethnocentric, it means looking or doing things the way they are seen or done back home (according to the missionary’s culture not the culture of your target people) It’s only through God’s grace that I did not bring my culture, compare and judge their culture based on mine. I was struck by this statement “as a cross-cultural workers, we are to present Christ regardless of cultural identity-no color, no ethnic heritage and no cultural distinction except the holiness and righteousness of God”

We have more activities that I really enjoyed. I appreciated much the adult way of teaching which our facilitators used.

During our last day They told us to summarize what we have learned in a song our group came up with this in the tune of Leron Leron Sinta.

Sa aming pagyapak sa Airport ng Butuan
Sobrang init ng araw pati ang pagtanggap
Kami ay namanha ibang iba pala
Ang kultura nila sa Maynila
From Butuan to Agusan ang haba ng biyahe
Joke joke kuya Oli kaya huli ng Pulis
Pagdating sa Rosario pag-kain ay sawa
Marami pang prutas, ang saya saya
Ate Lilet and Ghie, sila aming teachers
Puso’y naantig sa kanilang worshop
Ang bawat kultura ay dapat igalang

Indigenous people ay dapat i-reach out

Pag-ibig ni Hesus ay para sa lahat

Di lang sa mga Hudyo pati sa mga tribo
Wag nang mag-alinlangan itaas na si Kristo
Halina’t mag-mission doon sa Manobo
The night before we left, the group soaked in prayer, did spiritual cleansing, we wrote our worries placed in the envelope, sealed it and exchanged it with someone and prayed for it.
While having my QT that night, I once again asked the Lord this “Lord what do you want me to do in Sabang Gibong, how will I share your word. What I received from Him is this, eat what they eat, drink what they drink, just share my love for these people.” God did not specifically mention how. I only realized after the trip that all God wanted me to do was to be a learner because oftentimes when we go out in the mission field we usually thought of the things, like, what will I teach? what will I share? But all He wants is for me to learn.

We hired a truck to transfer us to the place where we got our transportation going to Sabang Gibong.
I still had no clue of what will be the place looked like, my knowledge of the place was based on hearsay from the first group who went there. All I know was the water is not clean and for our entire stay there, we will not take a bath.
We arrived at Sabang Gibong after 3 hours of travel by boat, I was amazed of the place, it was my first time to see houses floating. We are surrounded with water, we could not see any land, it seemed like we were in the time of Noah.

 

The place was a “wow” for me, I haven’t seen any place like this in my entire life. My mind wasn’t working, I can’t really imagine how we will share the gospel, because the first group did an evangelistic crusade but I was thinking how can we have a crusade with this kind of environment.
The Holy Spirit guided us, we were divided into eight groups. Eight families were picked up to be our host. We did what the Holy Spirit instructed us to do. We lived with them, did what they did, ate what they ate, drank what they drank.

We washed the dishes, where we washed our clothes, that’s also where we bathed, threw our garbage, and that’s also where we “pooh” and “pee.”

 

What I missed most is the ginataang kuhol(snail with coconut milk)  and adobong kuhol(snail with soy sauce and vinegar), and Langlang the youngest daughter of Nanay Rose. She’s very sweet.

 

We were assigned with Nanay Rose, every night we had a bible study with the family. Praise God for they were receptive with the Word of God. Manobo Tribe people group has an Animist Catholic belief. It was during our first night of bible study that we led them to Christ, during our second night, Nanay Rose asked about “What is Born Again,”

 

Other than doing a bible study every night, our group had devotional every morning. We also assigned to do the household chores, cooking, washing the dishes, cleaning the kitchen.

February 22, we had the first Sunday worship, the preacher must be from our group, just like what the apostles did in

Acts we cast a lots, Tita Virgie was chosen.
The group presented a mime after the praise and worship. It was indeed a powerful Sunday worship. God moved in the mighty way.
Even the kids accepted Jesus Christ as personal Lord and Savior, I remember during my time I was also at their age when the first missionaries went in our Town. Looking at the kids while they were praying, I had faith in my heart that with this group God will raise His mighty armies to be used by Him in the end times.

I was crying while we were having a praise and worship in Cebuano dialect. It was indeed one of my intimate moments with God. He was reminding me of His will. It pleases Him when every tribe, every tongue every nation bow down before Jesus and worship him. And that what we are doing is just an enforcement of His will. And this is the cry of my heart, seeing every tongue, tribe and nation worshipping Jesus, which He deserves most.

We also had a bible study with the group of women. They named the group SAGIWA (Sabang Gibong Women’s Association). They were more active than men. After their meeting with Bro Cris from TMFI regarding the fish nets, we shared with them the love of Christ and we led them to acceptance prayer. There was something that I struggling with, how to share the word of God using their language because some of them can not understand Tagalog, I asked for an interpreter.

We were not able to give the fish net during our stay because we did not raise the complete funds. We even learned when we arrived that there are 70 plus families instead of 56 families. The TMFI worker needed to talk to them first, and explain the real situation.
One of the workers from TMFI got back last week to deliver the fish net to them. I remember what Ma’am Lilet told us when they visited one of the tribes in Mindanao, one local told them this “how can we hear about your Jesus if the first thing that we hear is the sound of our stomach” The purpose of the trip was not only to share the gospel and to study their culture but also to give them a sustainable source of income. Thank you for partnering with us. We may not deliver the fish nets on time but we believed God has a purpose.

We did our debriefing the day when we got back to Rosario (Foursquare Gospel Church), I remember one of us said this “God did not want to highlight the fish net, but He wanted first the Manobo Tribe to know their great Provider and I believed that was His purpose why we did not able to give the fish net on our target date.

The Foursquare Gospel Church will be doing church planting in that place. As what they have shared us, we are also one of the answers to their desires and prayers to reach this people group. I praise and give glory to God for He raised people who have a burden for the unreached.

We have been open to the community, even our observations regarding their culture, our dreams for the community we let them read those. We did not want to hide anything but we refrained of comparing their culture with the culture here in Manila. We did not treat them as “kawawa”

 

When we left the place most of the families that we stayed with especially the mothers were crying. They even told us to go back. We know that we impacted their lives through the relationship that we showed them. God touched their lives through us. We were able to communicate God’s love to this people the way He wanted us to do. To Him be all the Glory

I’ve learned so much from this trip, it just reminded me once again of the things that I need to do in the field. God constantly reminding me to leave all the cultural baggages that I have. I can not bring the culture that I have in terms of preaching, teaching, doing the praise and worship, etc. I will let them serve, worship God, etc the way they are culturally gifted. It made me also realized how important it is to know the language of the people group you are ministering.The language, the food, the place were a challenge for us, but God reminded me personally, what I had, is just  preparation for the great task that He wants us to accomplish for His glory.

There was one thing that I hold on to when I went to Manobo Tribe, His promise in Isaiah 43:2 When I pass through the waters I will be with you, and when I pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over me. When I walk through the fire I will not be burned, the fire will not set me ablaze. And I know as we go to the place where God gave us as an inheritance. Surely, He will be with us always.

Once again thank you so much for partnering with us. God will surely reward you. In fact the souls that came to Christ are your rewards. They may not know your faces but I can only imagine when the time will come that we have reunion in heaven, someone might shake with your hands and say thank you for your generosity, Our Lord told us of your part in my salvation.

Romans 10:14-15 ” How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”
TO GOD BE ALL THE GLORY AND HONOR FOREVER AND EVER.
© The Emissary’s Feet

SLOW DOWN

Last night i reached home pass ten, traffic is killing my time, traffic is a usual thing here, but still annoyed me . I took shower and brought out my dirty clothes, my schedule for washing is every Friday but since I’ll be teaching in the church Saturday i need to rest today and just review my teaching. While washing, i microwaved the ham. My dinner was a sandwich. I was in hurry i need to finish washing by eleven coz i still need to have my quite time and read my teaching again. 

My plan is to eat my sandwich while washing. I always like this, multi-tasking, always in a hurry, i can read while watching tv, i can practice guitar while watching, i can eat while reading.

God is so sweet to remind me to just stop, and enjoy my food, chew it slowly, sit and rest. Again this morning while i was having my brunch (breakfast and lunch) God spoke again to take it slow.

I think God wants me to slow down, I’ve been stressful for the past days, I always in a hurry, don’t know why, always in a hurry but never accomplished anything. Sigh…what’s wrong with me….. I guess i need some time management…which i don’t have.